Chaired by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is saving lives in low- and middle-income countries by helping people gain access to essential medicines and health services.
We are a trusted adviser to governments, helping them transform the way they provide health care to their people.
We recognize that some of the greatest challenges in fighting diseases of poverty are organizational and managerial, not scientific or medical. With offices in over 25 countries, we partner with governments on a wide range of issues including HIV/AIDS, malaria, and maternal and child health, as well as strengthening in-country health systems, expanding human resources for health, and improving markets for medicines and the efficiency of health resource allocation.
We always work in partnership with governments.
CHAI doesn’t implement stand-alone programs, nor does it build parallel health systems. Rather CHAI works at the invitation of governments to strengthen and sustain their own capacity to provide long-term healthcare to their citizens. In South Africa, for example, CHAI is supporting the government to expand antiretroviral treatment to more than 2.3 million people and to test over 15 million people for HIV in the next two years.
We take on the programs most likely to create massive and lasting change.
CHAI tends to work on large, catalytic, “game-changing” opportunities rather than small implementation projects. When CHAI began leading global efforts in 2005 to treat children with HIV/AIDS, only one in forty children in need of treatment received it. Today, the number is roughly one in three.
We are action-oriented and impatient.
It is unacceptable that millions of people continue to die every year from diseases that we can prevent and treat cost-effectively. CHAI’s 600+ staff are driven by this urgency. We work in many areas where others can’t or won’t. When CHAI first began work in Liberia in 2006, for example, the health infrastructure was destroyed and there were only 160 doctors in the entire country. While much work remains, CHAI has helped the government to strengthen its hospital system and to increase the number of people on AIDS drugs by five-fold. If current progress is maintained, Liberia will provide universal access to AIDS drugs for its people by 2013.
Globally, CHAI negotiates price reductions for drugs and diagnostics while also working to increase the quality of these commodities. To date, more than 70 countries have access to lower priced drugs as a result of CHAI’s work with pharmaceutical companies. 3.9 million people – representing nearly 70% of people being treated for HIV/AIDS globally – have benefited from these reduced-price medicines. We’ve helped countries save more than $1 billion by reducing the price of some drugs by 60-90% in the past three years. Internally, CHAI has lower overhead and leaner operating costs than most other organizations in global health. Our staff are highly-motivated people who often come from the private sector with a results-oriented management or entrepreneurial background, and have been willing to make sacrifices, including significant pay cuts, to join us.